Philosophy, Religion, and the Meaning of Life : The Great Courses: Intellectual History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Francis J. Ambrosio
  • Series: The Great Courses: Intellectual History
  • 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

What is the meaning of life? Is human existence meaningful or absurd?
If you've ever pondered these questions, you have an extraordinary adventure in store, as an award-winning teacher presents a boldly revealing inquiry into these most fundamental of human concerns.
In this inspiring series of 36 lectures, Professor Ambrosio charts how these questions have been pursued and grasped through the ages, providing you with the understanding and the tools to come to terms with them in a direct, practical way. Using the key metaphorical figures of the Hero and the Saint, he leads you through the history and evolution of two Western traditions that address the question of meaning: The Greek-derived, Humanist philosophical tradition and the Judeo-Christian/Islamic theistic tradition, tracking the two archetypes as they react to and evolve with cultural changes across the centuries. But these lectures go far beyond an exercise in intellectual understanding. From the very beginning, Professor Ambrosio aims the philosophical problem of meaning squarely at the student, inviting you to actively engage with it by asking you to grapple with universal questions like, How should I live my life? What is the relationship of death to life? Is there some deep, sustainable connection between the two?
Drawing on the work of thinkers from Plato and Epictetus to Simone Weil and Viktor Frankl, you'll probe the existential choices about meaning and value that exist as potentials in the fabric of our experience and that call forth the dignity and possibility of our own living.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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mind blowing lectures

These are some of the best enlightening lectures I have ever come across. The professor has such a detailed knowledge of how the mind works that you think he peering into your thoughts. Truley amazing stuff
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses